Cultural Institutions

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

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Colonial Dorchester is an archaeological treasure and a walk into South Carolina’s past. The park is on the site of the town of Dorchester, which flourished from 1697 through the Revolutionary War.

The brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church and a fort made of an oyster-shell concrete called tabby still stand at the town site.  The remains of a log wharf, visible at low tide, are a reminder of the town’s role as a trading center.  And just beneath the surface is one of the most complete archaeological records of colonial America, a time capsule that allows visitors to not just observe, but participate in unearthing an irreplaceable piece of the nation’s early history.

Colonial Dorchester offers visitors the rare opportunity to join with park staff in hands-on archaeology work. Their findings, combined with the extensive written record of the town’s history, provide a deeper understanding of life in Dorchester and a look into the process of archeological discovery as it takes place.

Colonial Dorchester is a "Discover Carolina Site," which provides curriculum-based social studies programs for South Carolina school children.

For more information about the SC State Park Service as a Cultural Institution, click here.

Ashley Chapman Presenting to the 2005 Lowcounty Teachers

Virtual Tour of
Colonial Dorchester:

Virtual Tour of Colonial Dorchester

Ashley Chapman
Park Manager

(843) 873-7475

300 State Park Road
Summerville, SC 29485